Dubai’s schools are known to be big and bold much like the City’s skyline but this is set to change in September, 2018 as The Riverston School Dubai opens its doors for the first time
28 June 2018| Last updated on 16 September 2018
Up until now, parents within Dubai have been forced to send their children to big schools with large class sizes, and factory like systems. Riverston School Dubai is set to attract parents who are searching for the small school model, as the school will only accommodate up to 300 children, with specialist teachers and with class sizes going up to a maximum of around 16 children.
The School will follow the National Curriculum for England and will be located in Nad Al Sheba and will cater for children from Foundation Stage 2 to Year 6. The children will work in close collaboration with the Riverston Children’s Centre in Umm Suqeim.
This news will certainly strike a chord with parents in Dubai who have complained about the lack of schools that have modeled the very best of the UK independent sector. The School will operate as a branch campus of Riverston School London, opened in 1926, and it will mirror the London school’s highly successful individualised model of education.
Commenting on the launch, Founding Principal, David Quick said “The Riverston School Dubai will be a small school (around 300 students) with small classes, expert staff and a real family atmosphere. Every child will have their individualised learning programme. We are particularly passionate about working with children who for a number of reasons (such as bullying, language difficulties, and learning needs) might be struggling or unhappy in other schools."
Back in November 2017, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) launched the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework. The Framework was designed to ensure that schools welcome all types of children. Riverston School Dubai will adopt each aspect of this policy, as the School will have specialist facilities, and most importantly, specialist teachers who will design individual learning programmes for the children.
The Director of Inclusion, Hayley Pearson, noted “Our highly qualified and experienced teachers will work alongside speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and learning support specialists to meet any additional learning needs that a child may require at specific times in their development and time at the school.”
Prof. Michael Lewis, Chairman of the Riverston Group, says: "We are absolutely thrilled to be opening a Riverston School in Dubai. This region has an unmet demand for schools which are truly able to support children who need a small setting and a more individualized provision to thrive. We have the expertise to help fill that gap, and I feel grateful for the privilege to do that thanks to the KHDA's vision and support. We already operate the Riverston Children's Centre in Umm Suqeim, which provides early intervention and therapy services for children in Dubai, and I look forward to see David Quick, the Founding Principal, build a collaboration between the school and the centre."
To arrange an appointment with the admissions department, Riverston School Dubai can be contacted by calling +971 50 698 4026 or sending an e-mail to [email protected].
Further information can also be found on the Riverston School Dubai.